I’ve been doing emotional intelligence work in the construction industry since 2000. Think back to the year 2000. What if I came into your office or on your project back then and talked to you about emotional intelligence and how collaboration and trust is really the best way to approach projects? What would you have said? You probably would have thrown me out of the office or jobsite trailer. Now it seems that every single conference I go to from Construction Technology (AGC IT) to Owners (CURT and COAA) to Sustainability to Construction Research (CII) to Lean (LCI), to academia (PACE at Penn State and Auburn), EVERYONE is talking about collaboration, relationships and trust as foundation for great projects. The research at CII and Penn State and LCI bear this out. Relationships are drivers of project performance. And now we are scrambling to find a way to impart these emotional intelligence and people skills to our people because, let’s face it, it’s not our best thing.
I recieved an email from the Harvard Business Review recently. The title was How to Be Human at Work. Here is the text:
Introducing the HBR Emotional Intelligence Series, a new line of books that provides smart, essential reading on the human side of professional life. Each book offers proven research showing how our emotions impact our work lives, practical advice for managing difficult people and situations, and inspiring essays on what it means to tend to our emotional well-being at work. This specially priced four-volume set includes Happiness, Resilience, Mindfulness, and Empathy.
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Emotional intelligence first came to the forefront in the 90s. Why hasn’t it gone away like so many other management fads? I think it’s because neuroscience is verifying what we intuitively know to be true every single day. Our emotional states affect our well-being, our problem solving, our creativity, our ability to be in relationship, and our success or failure in life. Isn’t it about time you took a hard look at this phenomenon?
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